An accessible for multiple ages and levels picture book that was a nonfiction/fiction story. You learn about the hummingbird in easy, but not simple, text in a way that is exciting. There are facts, but not present as a textbook is likely to do. Your child (ages a strong 5 to about lower 8 years-old) will love following the journey this tiny bird makes from New England, over the Gulf of Mexico and finally to its winter home. — Jeanette
Robert Burleigh's narrative nonfiction picture book follows a hummingbird’s migration south for the winter, with stunning art by Wendell Minor.
When the last summer flowers open their petals to the sun, it’s time for a tiny ruby-throated hummingbird to dip its beak into the heart of each bloom, extracting as much nectar as possible before the hard trip ahead.
Today is the day Tiny Bird begins its amazing journey south for the winter, traveling as fast as thirty miles an hour for hundreds of miles on end. The trip is long, with savage weather and many predators along the way, but Tiny Bird is built for this epic journey and eventually arrives at its winter home.
This inspiring migratory and life cycle story celebrates the important and impressive feat of a small but mighty creature.
Christy Ottaviano Books
ROBERT BURLEIGH has written children's books about many well-known Americans, including Flight: The Journey of Charles Lindbergh and Who Said That? Famous Americans Speak. He lives with his wife in Chicago, Illinois.
"Kids will be mesmerized by this dynamic portrait of one of nature’s winged wonders."--Booklist, starred review
"The simple narrative is set in short, poetic lines. There's suspense . . . And, there's expressive language, with alliteration, occasional rhyme, and plentiful imagery. A fine addition to "sense of wonder" collections." --Kirkus Reviews
"Scientific facts about hummingbird feeding and flight are emphasized in the formative text and the light-and motion-filled illustrations, which skillfully convey the bird’s movements." --Horn Book